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Review of the Quadrocopter Parrot Mambo

Review of the quadrocopter Parrot Mambo

Review of the quadrocopter Parrot Mambo

The ver­sion of the drone pre­sent­ed in the review final­ly received an FPV cam­era and a full-fledged FPV kit, details about the Par­rot Mam­bo FPV are here.

Mod­el 2016. Mini quad­copter, cre­at­ed pri­mar­i­ly for those in whom the spir­it of com­pe­ti­tion always lives. The devel­op­ers endowed the quad with fea­tures that no com­peti­tor in the niche has. With the Par­rot Mam­bo as an exam­ple, the com­pa­ny clear­ly demon­strates that the world of UAVs has a great future, regard­less of their size.

Peculiarities

  • Opti­mized weight to speed ratio
  • Soft­ware tuned for sta­bi­lized and con­trolled flight
  • Built-in iner­tial mea­sure­ment unit for assess­ing speed, tilt and con­tact with an obsta­cle (works in close con­nec­tion with the drone soft­ware)
  • Alti­tude hold via ultra­son­ic sen­sor and barom­e­ter
  • Auto take­off and land­ing
  • Take-off func­tion from the palm
  • Drone base impact-resis­tant polyamide and polypropy­lene
  • CANNON (con­trolled pow­er mech­a­nism that allows the drone to con­fi­dent­ly fire 6mm balls at a dis­tance of up to 2 meters)
  • GRABBER (con­trolled pow­er mech­a­nism that allows the drone to cap­ture objects weigh­ing up to 4 grams)
  • Smart­phone Pilot­ing (drone and attach­ments are con­trolled via a smart­phone via the FreeFlight Mini app)
  • Dynam­ic Flip Exe­cu­tion

Review of the quadrocopter Parrot Mambo

Equipment

The devel­op­er offers a choice of 3 kit options:

  1. Par­rot Mam­bo Fly
  2. Par­rot Mam­bo Mis­sion
  3. Par­rot Mam­bo FPV

Review of the quadrocopter Parrot Mambo

Specification

Drone

Brand

:

Par­rot

Model

:

mam­bo

Color

:

Black with white insert/Black with gray insert

Connection

drone-

smartphone

Parrot Flypad

:

Blue­tooth V4.0 BLE con­nec­tion

Stabilization

:

3 axis gyro­scope

vertical

camera

:

0.3MP at 60 FPS

Memory

:

built-in 8GB

Capacity

batteries

:

1S 550mAh LiPo

Backlight

:

LED

Maximum vertical flight speed:

up to 30 km/h

Duration

flight

:

up to 8 min­utes in com­bi­na­tion with Cannon/Grabber and up to 9 min­utes with­out attach­ments

Range

flight

:

up to 20 meters (with smart­phone con­trol)
up to 100 meters (when con­trolled by the Par­rot Fly­pad)

Wednesday

for

flights

:

Indoor/Outdoor

Time

charging

:

≈ 30 min­utes

Execution materials

:

Polyamide and Polypropy­lene

The weight

(without

hinged

mechanisms

)

:

63gr

Dimensions (including propeller protection):

18×18cm

Compatibility

With

OS:

iOS 7 and above/Android 4.3 and above

SDK*:

OS Lin­ux

Limitation

on

age

:

14+

SDK* (soft­ware devel­op­ment kit)

-

set of devel­oped soft­ware. Avail­able on the offi­cial web­site of the man­u­fac­tur­er.

Cannon

Number of balls in the store:

6pcs

rate of fire

:

one shot in 1.5 sec­onds

Diameter

balls

:

6mm

Range

flight

ball

:

≈ 2m

Review of the quadrocopter Parrot Mambo

Grabber

Positions

mechanism:

Open/Closed

Control

:

Elec­tron­ic open­ing and clos­ing timer

load capacity

:

up to 4g

Review of the quadrocopter Parrot Mambo

Appearance

Review of the quadrocopter Parrot Mambo

Review of the quadrocopter Parrot Mambo

Review of the quadrocopter Parrot Mambo

Review of the quadrocopter Parrot Mambo

Review of the quadrocopter Parrot MamboPro­grammed func­tions

  • Auto take­off
  • Auto land­ing
  • Alti­tude Hold
  • Take­off from the palm
  • Flips

Sensors

  • Built-in iner­tial mea­sure­ment unit for assess­ing speed, incli­na­tion and con­tact with an obsta­cle (which includ­ed 3‑axis accelerom­e­ter and 3‑axis gyro­scope)
  • Ver­ti­cal sta­bi­liza­tion: Ultra­son­ic sen­sor (active up to 4 meters) + barom­e­ter.
  • Hor­i­zon­tal sta­bi­liza­tion and speed mea­sure­ment: ver­ti­cal 0.3 MP cam­era 60 fps (next to the ultra­son­ic sen­sor)

Review of the quadrocopter Parrot Mambo

Par­rot Mam­bo’s sen­sors and acces­sories work close­ly with the quad­copter’s soft­ware to pro­vide a sta­ble and con­trolled flight expe­ri­ence. This approach made it pos­si­ble to sig­nif­i­cant­ly sim­pli­fy the process of pilot­ing a drone, even for those users who first picked up the remote con­trol.

Positioning

At the bot­tom of the Par­rot Mam­bo are ultra­son­ic and opti­cal sen­sors respon­si­ble for pre­cise posi­tion­ing and sta­bi­lized quadric flight. More­over, the ultra­son­ic sen­sor works in con­junc­tion with a barom­e­ter, which is a rar­i­ty for quadro­copters of this niche. In prac­tice, such a tan­dem pro­vid­ed a remark­ably sta­ble alti­tude hold.

The built-in ver­ti­cal cam­era can be used in pho­to mode. All pho­tos are stored in the mem­o­ry of the smart­phone paired with the quad­copter. The qual­i­ty of the pho­to is not high, but it is enough to record your achieve­ments from a ver­ti­cal angle.

flight properties

Demon­stra­tive con­trol, both from the phone and from the Par­rot Fly­pad remote con­trol. Dynam­ic and wind resis­tant. The poten­tial of col­lec­tor motors is enough with the “head”. Thanks to the opti­mal weight of the drone, unique motors with increased effi­cien­cy, as well as soft­ware that was cre­at­ed specif­i­cal­ly for this mod­el, the devel­op­ers man­aged to achieve the best flight per­for­mance in the UAV niche.

Review of the quadrocopter Parrot Mambo

Control

As men­tioned above, the Par­rot Mam­bo can be con­trolled in 3 ways:

  1. Smart­phone (via FreeFlight Mini App)
  2. Par­rot Fly­pad con­trol equip­ment (pur­chased sep­a­rate­ly)
  3. Par­rot Fly­pad + smart­phone (via “FreeFlight Mini” app)

The dif­fer­ence in con­ve­nience and dis­tance is up to 20 meters with a smart­phone and up to 100 meters in tan­dem with the Par­rot Fly­pad. When con­trol­ling only the Par­rot Fly­pad, some func­tions of the quad will not be avail­able.

In the arse­nal of Mam­bo func­tions: “Auto take­off” and “Auto land­ing”. Also, every­one will be able to eval­u­ate the take-off of the drone from the hand. To do this, you need to acti­vate the func­tion (by click­ing on the palm icon at the top of the screen). Then throw the drone into the air and it will take off and hov­er in front of the pilot wait­ing for new com­mands. The take-off func­tion from the palm of your hand becomes rel­e­vant when you need to quick­ly join a fight or com­pe­ti­tion.

Price

Review of the quadrocopter Parrot MamboThe devel­op­er offers the Par­rot Mam­bo quad­copter in var­i­ous con­fig­u­ra­tions:

  1. Par­rot Mam­bo Fly — $109.99
  2. Par­rot Mam­bo Mis­sion — $179.99
  3. Par­rot Mam­bo FPV — $179.99 (details on the FPV ver­sion can be found here)

*(prices indi­cat­ed by the man­u­fac­tur­er on the offi­cial web­site as of 08/09/2018).

Review of the quadrocopter Parrot Mambo

Conclusion

Par­rot Mam­bo from $110

Review of the quadrocopter Parrot Mambo

Func­tion­al­i­ty

6/10

Flight time

5/10

flight qual­i­ties

7/10

com­pact­ness

10/10

Equip­ment

5/10

Reli­a­bil­i­ty

10/10

Price qual­i­ty

10/10

pros

  • Quality/Design
  • Dynam­ics / Han­dling
  • Con­trol (smart­phone / smart­phone + trans­mit­ter)
  • Auto take off/Auto land­ing
  • Take­off from the palm/Flips
  • Software/Sensors (oper­a­tion)
  • Fast bat­tery charg­ing
  • Cannon/Grabber/FPV cam­era
  • Removal dis­tance
  • Does not require reg­is­tra­tion

Minuses

  • Few shoot­ing balls (includ­ed)
  • No spare rotors includ­ed

Futur­is­tic design, work­man­ship deserves respect. Looks amaz­ing in its nat­ur­al state. The quadric is no less effec­tive in flight. We note the man­u­fac­tura­bil­i­ty of the prod­uct for the niche it occu­pies, which gen­er­al­ly jus­ti­fies the price tag. The opti­mal size, the pres­ence of an addi­tion­al pay­load in the kit: “Can­non”, “Grab­ber” and FPV cam­eras, sig­nif­i­cant­ly expand the func­tion­al­i­ty of the quad­copter. The full poten­tial of Mam­bo will be appre­ci­at­ed by begin­ners. Thanks to mod­ern elec­tron­ics and addi­tion­al acces­sories, a novice user will be able to quick­ly and safe­ly mas­ter the basic skills of pilot­ing and adapt to first-per­son flight. Thus, reduc­ing the time inter­val for the tran­si­tion from sim­ple and cheap UAVs to more tech­no­log­i­cal­ly advanced and expen­sive ones with­out fear of los­ing your favorite drone. Age lim­it 14+.

A photo

Pho­to of a Par­rot Mam­bo quad­copter.

Review of the quadrocopter Parrot Mambo

Review of the quadrocopter Parrot Mambo

Review of the quadrocopter Parrot Mambo

Review of the quadrocopter Parrot Mambo

Review of the quadrocopter Parrot Mambo

Review of the quadrocopter Parrot Mambo

Review of the quadrocopter Parrot Mambo

Review of the quadrocopter Parrot Mambo

Review of the quadrocopter Parrot Mambo

Video

Video from Par­rot Mam­bo.

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